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April 25, 2011

Shellac, Linseed Oil & Paint – Traditional 19th Century Woodwork Finishes, book cover

Here is the current version of the cover of the book Shellac, Linseed Oil & Paint Traditional 19th Century Woodwork Finishes.

What do you think?



  1. Stephen, I am so proud of you…a second…third? book, Congratulations. Is it a continuation of the book we worked on together?

    Joe has published a book on basic blacksmithing called Basics: Blacksmithing for the Homestead and I, of course, edited it and Jess, my youngest took the pictures.

    Glad to see the book. I will buy copy, if you will sign it for us.

    Take care, Marlis

    Comment by Marlis — April 25, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

  2. i think it’s fantastic

    Comment by tyler — April 25, 2011 @ 9:13 pm

  3. Very nice. Although perhaps the typefaces are a bit too 20th century. I don’t know, maybe something like…


    Comment by Colin — April 25, 2011 @ 11:16 pm

  4. I like it, when and where can I buy it?

    Comment by Trevor Walsh — April 26, 2011 @ 9:31 am

  5. Marlis,

    Welcome to my blog. This is my 3rd book that I have written, published a couple of other reprints. Yes you did help with typing my first book, Shepherds’ Compleat… Congratulation to you and Joe on your book. I am taking orders for autographed copies.


    Thank you.


    Welcome and I do kind of like your rendition. Thanks.


    Thank you. The book will be offered to the general public by Tools for Working Wood, they will handle on line orders. I am however taking orders now for autographed copies. $32.00 including shipping media rate, faster shipping is a bit more. I take paypal or you can send me a check.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — April 26, 2011 @ 10:09 am

  6. Looks like a great work, Stephen. I’ve been following your blog on traditional finishes and it is fascinating.
    Colin’s cover suggestion is good but I personally like your original layout.


    Comment by Roger Nixon — April 26, 2011 @ 2:27 pm

  7. Congratulations, Stephen. Now there is a book cover that will stand out on a bookstore shelf.

    Comment by Mitchell — April 27, 2011 @ 5:47 am

  8. Mr. Shepherd,
    What would be the cost of your book: Shellac, Linseed Oil and Paint, shipped to Canada? I can send a money order in US$ and realize that the mail between Canada and the Unites States can be quite slow.
    thank you for your consideration,
    Ian Waltenbery

    Comment by Ian Waltenbery — April 27, 2011 @ 11:04 pm

  9. Stephen, Since you’re inviting comments, I’ll put in my two cents. I like this design very much, but have a couple of comments, viz. the subtitle italic has been condensed to the point of distress, I suggest you restore the width to 100% or if your intention was a wide line, change the “19th” to “nineteenth”, or use tracked small caps; make the author name 25% smaller and more to the left for the paint circle, and get rid of the redundant “By”. In any case, thanks for giving us this valuable work, and congratulations on a job well done. I’ll be ordering it as soon as it arrives in Joel’s shop.

    Comment by Wesley Tanner — May 2, 2011 @ 7:07 am

  10. Hi Stephen. I love the cover of your book. Old school finishes are the best, and i use linseed oil and shellac on most of my projects. Congratulations on your book.

    Comment by Jay — July 22, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

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